BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN- FORMER Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly Mr. Victor Edoror who was impeached by his colleagues about three weeks ago weekend broke his silence saying that contrary to insinuations from certian quarters that Governor Adams Oshiomhole was responsible for his impeachment, the governor was not behind his removal from office.
Edoro, who was on May 3 impeached by 16 out of the 24 lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly, said if there was any external influence at all in his removal from office, it was the handiwork of “some mischievous Esan leaders, who have been pursuing what they called Esan Agenda.”
Exonerating Oshiomhole in his political travail, he said it was governor Oshiomhole, who at the inauguration of the assembly, reminded members of the House on the need to balance sharing of political offices in Edo State, a factor he said made it possible for him to become speaker.
Edoror, who spoke to journalists in Benin, said in the wisdom of the Esan leaders, he had to be removed from office in order to achieve their utmost objective, adding that it was shocking that the same Esan leaders curiously addressed a press briefing and blamed Governor Oshiomhole for his removal.
He said, “It was a calculated attempt to destroy the image I have built. I consider this as an attempt to take undue advantage of an unfortunate situation in a most shameless and reprehensible manner and I condemn it in totality.”
He added that it has become imperative to speak as many lies were slapped on his head to justify what he described as his illegal removal from office, adding that “there was no time the comrade governor provided me with N54 million to share for House members.”
He noted that his removal has altered political equilibrium in Edo State and that his Esan people were not happy with his removal as their representatives in the Edo political tripod.
Edoror, however, refused to comment on the allegation by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that money being spent on the newly created Edo University Iyamho (EUI) was not appropriate for under his watch as speaker, saying “this question is better put across to the current speaker.”
He also debunked rumours that he was impeached to pave way for the impeachment of the deputy governor, Pius Odubu, pointing out that there was no time the Governor Oshiomhole discussed such plot with him.